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Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

Question: Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.
I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...able-usb-flash-memory-key-or-hard-disk-drive/

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

I'm out of ideas what could be causing this and any help would be great

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Answer: Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

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http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1068945-windows-7-installation-not-booting.html

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: How to Install Windows 7 or Vista from Bootable Portable USB Flash Memory Key or Hard Disk Drive ? My Digital Life

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive with CMD.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 ... Read more

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...able-usb-flash-memory-key-or-hard-disk-drive/

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

I&... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

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So I bought a WD Green 3TB and made two partitions > 40Gb and the rest as second partition. Since the second partition is more than 2.2 TB I had to partition entire drive with GPT.

I was not able to install windows 8.1 from a flash drive on it. Later I realized I had to enable EFI from BIOS, which I did but the BIOS had no option of enabling EFI Boot from USB HDD,

only CD/DVD.

Does this mean I will not be able to install windows on a GPT partition with a USB flash drive or am I missing something?

Anyone using windows on GPT partition installed with a flash drive?

Thanks.
 

Answer:UEFI, Windows 8.1, 3TB and booting from flash drive.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15458-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-create-windows.html

Try option 2.
 

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Note: Everything is being done in UEFI mode, and it is staying that way. Secure boot is off.

This is a very weird issue. I have a laptop at work that the client was restoring, while not plugged in, and you guessed it, it died. Now there is no information on the drive. My job is to restore it.
All partitions were lost, so there is no way to use Windows 8 refresh or reset feature. Next I thought I'd try booting off my Windows 8 stick and just install it via that.
This did not work. I keep getting a bcd error in /efi/microsoft/boot/BCD. It is a bootloader error when trying to boot the Windows 8 installation from the flash drive.

I thought it may be that the Windows 8 installation is corrupt. So I took it home and tried it on my computer.. and the booting of Windows 8 is fine.
So I have no clue what is going on, I reflashed my flash drive many times with 10 different Windows 8 Pro isos... a few being used more than once. One system builder, one retail, one oem, and one rtm.

I need help. I have no clue what is going on.

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I've a USB flash drive with windows 7 on it which works fine with any PC. But when i plugged in my PC, the my bios doesn't recognize as a boot drive. It only recognize my Hard Drive.

I've also tried to created on my own USB boot drive from my windows 8. The BIOS can detect my flash drive but can't run the windows 7 installation. Please help...

Answer:flash drive but can't run the windows 7 installation

Welcome to EightForums.

Is this a OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8?

1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


2) If Using a USB Pendrive on a PC with a uEFI BIOS.
USB Pendrive need to be formated to FAT32 as in
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.

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Ok, I have an external hard drive (150GB) which is partitioned into two parts. One partition , about 145gb, is data and files of my own. Then there is an extended partition at 5gb in size, which contains windows xp installation files. What I did was take my windows xp cd, make an ISO, and then extracted the iso and put the files into the extended partition of my external usb hard drive.

The computer I want to install to has a cd drive that is not working and thus i cannot install windows xp from a cd. The BIOS of the computer DOES support booting from a USB device.

I have partition magic software and have used it to create the 5gb extended partition on the usb external drive. However, I don't know how to configure anything so that it will acutally know to boot from this partition and what files to use to start the installation.

Any ideas!!?
 

Answer:booting a windows XP installation from an external hard drive

The partition on the external drive that contains the installation files needs to be an active partition in order to boot from it.

Personally, I would install a working CD drive. They are quite inexpensive these days.
 

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Hello, I don't know if this is the right place to post but, My product, almost 2 years old, (HP Notebook - 15-f271wm (ENERGY STAR)) has recently had its hard drive corrupted. I need to do a clean installation of Windows 10. Microsoft support helped me identify this, as the BSOD's that kept happening on start up had been both NTFS File System and FAT File System. I cannot boot at all without a BSOD coming up. This meaning that I CANNOT LOG INTO THE SYSTEM. I can, however, access BIOS via F10 on startup. I have decided tonight to try to sit down and fix my PC and I can't do it without assistance. With Microsoft's help, I found out I needed to install a Windows 10 ISO on a flash drive (which I did). I also found out how to access BIOS (which I had no idea it existed lol). Microsoft can't tell me how to boot from the USB because of manuafacter, which is why I went here.  How do I boot from the dang USB flash drive???? My UEFI boot order is as follows:OS boot Manager (has a little arrow pointing to it on the left)Internal CD/DVD ROM DriveUSB Diskette on Key/USB hard DiskUSB CD/DVD ROM Drive! Network Adapter 

Answer:Windows 10 USB flash drive -clean installation-

Hi: See if this works...assuming you made the bootable W10 flash drive correctly... You must plug the flash drive into the PC's USB 2 port.  According to the specs for your model, there are 2 USB3 ports and 1 USB2 port. The user guide for your model indicates that the USB 2 port is on the right side of the notebook. With the usb drive plugged into the USB2 port, restart the PC and tap the ESC key at the beginning of the HP wlecome screen to get the various menu of options. Select the F9 boot options menu from the list and then select the USB Diskette on Key/USB hard Disk and hit the enter key. Then the PC should boot from the W10 installation flash drive. When you get to the install screen, you will be given two options...enter a product key (which you don't have), or check the box labeled 'I don't have a product key.' Check that box and proceed with the installation. Upon completion, W10 should automatically activate once you are reconnected to the internet, since your PC was previously upgraded to W10.  

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i was just wondering how i extract the files from an installation disc onto a flash drive, so i can use the flash drive to perform a clean install.

Extract Files from Windows 7 Installation DVD

i already looked at this but it wasn't specific to my uses.

Answer:using a flash drive for clean windows 7 installation

nvm, should have looked harder

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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So there was a problem with my computer i renamed my authui with the deviantart version now i followed steps that this site instrunct and thank you for that and now my real problem is i dont have a disc inpiter on my pc yoy know this days doesnt have this so i download the linux and tryin to burn it after im done buying a blank disc so i was wondering can i put the one i burned into a flash drive ive seen disc device that can input a disc and i jst want to fix my pc im just 13 yrs old so i cant afford those device but i have a flash drive can i put the burned disc linux into a flsh drive if this is possable please c reply or maked a video for this and sorry for my bad english

Answer:Disc to Flash drive windows installation

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My fiance's laptop (not this laptop)....her harddrive ran into an error. So long story short, I formatted it. Didn't really have much of a choice. I didn't want to use my laptop as a test device to repair the hard drive (replace my hard drive with her hard drive). And her laptop's cd drive apparently isn't working. I turned the hard drive into an external hard drive, scanned it with EaseUS recovery software, recovered the files, then formatted it.

Since her laptop can't recognize cds, I burned the files on the cd to an 8gb usb flash drive. I bought a Windows 7 cd from a store and burned the files from it. Configured the BIOS to boot from USB. The laptop booted but it's soooo slow. It will freeze on Windows Loading screen for 20-30 minutes, then it will go into a brighter screen that will say something like Now Starting..., it will be on that screen for almost the entire day, then it will actually go into the installation screen. Overall, it takes almost the entire day....maybe 2 days to go from one screen to the next if it requires loading something.

So the USB boot works, but it's super slow. I'm on the screen that tells me to load the drivers, but now I can't load them because the screen froze and I can't choose the folder I want. I originally selected the flash drive and it took 2 days for it to say that my flash drive needed to be formatted, and I clicked cancel. I clicked on the other folders but it didn't let me.

So I'm not sure what to do. The l... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Installation SUPER SLOW on USB Flash Drive

You could do a simple install of windows 7 on that drive from another pc, and plug it into the laptop. When windows 7 boots, it should be able to adjust accordingly. Again, only if you do the install and then shut it down. Don't go all the way to the end of the setup, just the part where it states its completing installation and reboots. When it reboots, hold in the power button until the pc turns off and plug the drive into the laptop.

I have done this a bunch of times and it works just fine. I believe when windows starts for the first time it then looks at the hardware side of things.

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Hello, im currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit on my laptop.

I wanna install windows 7 home premium 64bit in clean install, i have 2 installation DVDs of win 7 home 64bit, one is older, another is lil newer build (more updates in it), but none of them want boot up after laptop restarts. I also did try make bootable flash drive following all the rules, it also wont boot up from flash drive. I checked BIOS settings, i managed to boot from DVD, USB in force, still no luck. Maybe its something wrong with the DVD? files on the installation disk looks like this:



To bad i cant run setup.exe cause im running 32bit OS.

I wanna switch to 64bit cause im thinking my system will work faster in that way, maybe im wrong?

CPU: Intel T6600 Core 2 Duo 2.2Ghz
RAM: 3GB DDR2
Video: ATI Radeon HD 4570 512vram
320GB HDD

Answer:Cant boot from cd, or flash drive windows 7 installation after restart

1) I've run both 64 bit and 32 bit win7 on a 3 gb system similar to yours and have not experienced any speed increase in 64 bit. 64 bit windows lets you take advantage of memory greater than 4 gb in case you have it, thats all.

2) You said one dvd is a newer build so I presume these are home made dvds, perhaps with updates slipstreamed? Its possible theres something wrong with them. You can try using the original dvd to install 64 bit.

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I get error code 0x80070570 during Windows 7 installation from USB flash drive. The installation files were copied from an DVD+R I burned of the ISO I downloaded. Any ideas how to resolve this 0x80070570 error?

TIA
 

Answer:Solved: 0x80070570 during Windows 7 installation from USB flash drive

D:
Is a file name provided with the 0x80070570? If so, it means setup cannot access that file.
http://www.faqshop.com/sus/default.htm?http://faqshop.com/sus/suserrs/automatic update err codes.htm

At which point of the installation process does the error occur?

Which files did you copy to the flash drive?

Has the computer ever had an OS installed? If so, which OS? If so, did you reformat the HDD, or are you installing Win 7 in a multiple boot situation?

Please provide the PC's specifications for:
CPU
memory / ram
HDD
motherboard

RF123

RF123
 

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I have followed the instructions from this site, more specifically UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
and when I reach the "Starting Windows" screen with the windows logo, it stays there indefinitely. I tried both methods: Rufus and Diskpart, both yielded the same result.

The partition table of the disk is GPT.
UEFI is 2+ (Rampage IV Mobo)
Safe Boot is disabled
Tried with Fast Boot enabled and disabled.
Tried with CSM enabled and disabled. Works with CSM enabled, but not in UEFI mode.
Tried with SMART is enabled and disabled.
Tried with two different flash drives (just to make sure it was not the problem).
SATA is set to AHCI.

I'm not sure of what else I should try.
Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Flash drive windows 7 installation in UEFI mode not working

What are the exact settings choices for UEFI, CSM, Legacy BIOS and BIOS Boot priority? Camera snaps will help: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

If you want to install to UEFI did you format the stick for UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows using Option One? Then did you boot the stick as a UEFI device?

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How to Transfer 4 versions of Vista and Windows-7 installation DVDs into a flash drive

Introduction

The recent versions of MS Windows of Vista and Windows 7 installers support booting from a USB device so it is possible to transfer the contents of the installation DVD to a flash drive and use it for booting.

A USB flash drive however is classified by M$ as a “Super floppy” that can only have one partition. This means one flash drive can store one MS Windows boot loader.

This tutorial shows how to use Grub, a Linux boot loader, to boot 4 Vista/Windows 7 installation in one flash drive.

Technical consideration

(1) I have checked to my satisfaction that none of the MS Windows of Win2k, Xp, Vista and Win7 can mount or see more than one partition in a flash drive. That doesn't mean the user can't have multiple partitions. It is just MS systems have been engineered to mount the first one it recognises and disregards the rest.

(2) MS Windows installers of Vista and Win7 do not like to be booted from a logical partition. As a flash drive with a Msdos partition table can have a maximum 4 primary partitions hence this tutorial describes 4 versions of MS Windows installers of Vista Home-32, Win7 Ultimate-32, Vista Home-64 and Win7 professional-64.

(3) Grub accomplishes the booting process by unhiding the partition it is asked to boot and hiding the remaining 3 primaries. The hiding only alter the partition Type number in fooling the installer thinking the hidden part... Read more

Answer:Four versions of Vista and Windows-7 installation DVDs into one flash drive

Interesting, will have a good look at this when I get home
 

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Is it possible to boot PC into OS (WinXP/Vista) from a Flash drive?
 

Answer:Booting PC from a flash drive?

its even possible to install windows from a flash drive!
 

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In order to be able to Boot from a flash drive , I understand this ability must be enabled in ones system .

I have a desktop and a new laptop in neither of which do I see this choice .

I presume this is a choice originally installed on the m/b and it would not , therefore , be possible to use software to enable it ?

Is that a correct assumption ?

Answer:Booting Win 7 from USB flash drive ?

If the flash drive itself was bootable, then all you would have to do is set the BIOS to boot from it, or select it from a boot menu, as some systems have by hitting F12, etc.

That being said, you can boot Windows 7's installer from a flash drive, but you can't boot a working, installed version of Windows 7 from a USB device.

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I have just bought a 256mb USB FLASH DRIVE does anyone know if it is possible to boot from this drive in the same way you can boot from a floppy?

Answer:booting from USB Flash Drive

It depends if your motherboard supports booting from USB devices. Have a look at the manual or just go into the BIOS and see what boot options you have

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i have a laptop without cd or floppy drive .i want install xp on it.is it possible to copy xp cd in flash drive and boot from flash in laptop and install windows?please rep me im in great tension...........

Answer:booting from flash drive

http://www.cnet.com.au/software/oper...9271777,00.htm

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I'm looking to get a new flash drive, and I want to get a large 16gb one.

From what I've seen you need to format it in FAT16 which only supports 2gb partitions. All the articles on it that I've seen seem to be a few years old though so I'm wondering if this will still be a problem for installing/booting a vista partition. Could I do both? Both installing a copy of windows vista and running it from the drive, and install vista from the flash drive?

Would it be easier just to make ghost copies?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Booting from flash drive

You dont want to run Vista from the flash drive, its not made for the read/writes like that and isnt as fast as an HDD.
Ive got a Corsair Voyager GT 4gb flash drive and it boots BartPE fast and thats what I use to make ghost copies to a network share drive.
I did not have any luck getting bartPE to boot from my 8gb Corsair flash drive, Ive read alot that 4gb flash drives are the best for being bootable due to some sectors being in the right spot, but not in the right spot on 8gb and higher models.
 

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I use Macrium reflect imaging software and plan to be prepared for a Lenovo crash.The problem is that for the recovery the Lenovo would have to boot from the flash drive and in order to do so I would have to change the boot order--which was easy in older laptops. Now in the Lenovo and others, you have safe boot, fast boot, legacy boot, etc and choosing what to do is complicated and threatening. I tried tweaking in a Dell and later could not boot the laptop.Please advise.

Answer:Booting from a USB flash drive- Ideapad 110

Hello Ameneses54Thanks for using the Lenovo forums.Have a look on the following post, this should help you walk you through on how to perform the recovery using your recovery media:
 
https://support.lenovo.com/de/en/solutions/ht035659
 
Hope this helps, let us know how you get on.==================================================================================Did someone help you today? Thank them with a Kudo! If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!
 
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Good day all.

Is it possible to burn winxp pro setup CD to flash drive and boot to do setup?. my motherboard looks like accept booting from flash drive as I saw in bios boot setup.

Thanks.

Answer:booting and setup from flash drive

Quote:





Originally Posted by sinan


Good day all.

Is it possible to burn winxp pro setup CD to flash drive and boot to do setup?. my motherboard looks like accept booting from flash drive as I saw in bios boot setup.

Thanks.




Hello sinan,

Generally speaking yes; however, the Windows? Operating System does not usually like being on portable media.
The EULA (End User Licence Agreement) does not allow for this.

You cannot boot the entire Windows? Operating System (in your case Windows? XP Pro) from a USB flash drive.

Hope this answers your query.

Kind Regards,

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Now, I was attempting so set up a Windows 7 install using a USB Flash drive.

I create the image on the flash drive, and have successfully booted from it and used it on several machines around the office.

However, when I take it home and attempt to use it in my machine there, it halts at verifying the DMI pool and goes no further. If I remove the drive, the machine boots fine.

Any ideas? System is in sig. Have set BIOS to have USB device as first boot device, and the "removable device priority" shows the flash drive as the only available device.

I've gone ahead and installed from a DVD, but I'd like to get this working for future use (just to have a bootable flash drive for BIOS updates, etc.).
 

Answer:Not sure if this is the right forum for this or not - booting from USB Flash Drive

I dont know if youre evga is the same as my ud5. But my ud5 does the same thing unless i dissable the onboard ide controllers. so worth a chance there
 

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Good day all.

Is it possible to burn winxp pro setup CD to flash drive and boot to do setup?. my motherboard looks like accept booting from flash drive as I saw in bios boot setup.

Thanks.
 

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If your USB flash drive holds other data, such as files, applications, etc... is it still possible to put a LiveCD ISO (such as GParted) on it (along with all of the other existing data) and successfully boot to your USB flash drive?



The situation:

I have a Dell Optiplex 740. Thanks to Dell's idea to include weird fricken chipset drivers, GParted doesn't pick up the HDD and just spins and spins and spins. I ran out of CDs and I've found a couple LiveCD downloads in the testing stage with GParted, but I have nothing to burn them to. I was hoping I could just add it to my flash drive and boot to it.

Answer:USB Flash Drive Booting. Question.

I think you would need to partition the drive and then use unetbootin to burn the iso to the partition.

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Booting from a USB flash drive
I use Macrium reflect imaging software and plan to be prepared for a crash.
The problem is that for the recovery the Laptop  would have to boot from the flash drive and in order to do so I would have to change the boot order--which was easy in older laptops. Now in the Inspiron and others, you have safe boot, fast boot, legacy boot, etc and choosing what to do is complicated and threatening. I tried tweaking once  in a Dell and later could not boot the laptop.
Please advise.

Answer:Booting from a USB flash drive- Inspiron

Macrium Reflect recovery media will boot a UEFI system just fine - it's best to make the media on the system you want to use the recovery for, and do so AFTER the system is fully configured teh way you want to run it.

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Forgive me if I have posted this in the wrong section but as you will see it kinda covers all the bases.

My company has recently got some USB flash drives with our corporate logo on them. We want to load the files (HTML and Flash) for our website onto the drive. Our intention is to give the drives out to customers and they can view our website without having to be online.

Now I should point out that I am a mac user, so as we are used to the simple things in life I figured it would be as simple as dragging all the files to the flashdrive. Well this worked fine on our macs and I tested various around the office. I then plugged it into one of our PCs (running Windows 2004 Server), I double-clicked the index file and none of the flash elements appeared and none of the images; none of the links worked either.

So how do I get a self-contained version of our website that will boot from the the flash drive, onto a Mac and a PC?

Thanks for any help offered.
 

Answer:Booting website from USB flash drive

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I have unpluged my hard drives and loaded ubuntu 10.10 on to a usb flash drive. My desk-top pc will not boot this while my win7 laptop boots and runs with no problem. The desk top is about 7 years old running XP-pro. If I plug a usb hdd or flash drive in empty or with a set of files on, and boot with F11 held down the drive shows as an option to boot from but if the usb drive has a bootable system then the computer hangs before getting to the options screen. The motherboard manual MSI MS-6590 sugests booting from a usb drive is possible.Where am I going wrong?

Answer:Booting linux from usb flash drive

You don't say which version of the MSI MS-6590 you're using (there are three), but taking a quick look at one of the manuals, I don't think you can boot from a USB stick.The best thing to do is go into the BIOS and check if booting from USB is an option.Having said that, you're suggesting your manual says it can, which is a puzzle.I will say this however. If you're using a seven year old motherboard, at best, it would be flaky as to whether USB would boot. That was about the time the option was first introduced and was notoriously unreliable.The situation has improved more recently.

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The idea is I'd like to create an image of my current Windows 7 system, including a few core programs, so that in the event of a catastrophic failure I can very easily boot from a USB flash drive.

I've tried several methods documented online but nothing seems to work. I made an image using EaseUs, which creates a .pbd file. I then saved it as an .iso file using PowerISO.

My USB flash drive is 256GB. The image file is roughly 20GB. I've read to format the drive as NTFS. I've also read that Windows could never boot from an NTFS formatted USB drive, and to use FAT32. Which apparently has a limit of 32GB.

Being that my files are around 20GB, I have tried both formats to no avail. I've used most of the suggested apps too, like RUFUS or the Windows 7 USB Tool for example. I've also tried some command line tutorials. Nothing.

But what if the image file is 75GB? 100GB? All I want is to create a mirror image of my setup, so that when Microsoft updates & reboots & jacks my computer I can get back up & running right away.

If you could provide some insight into what I'm doing wrong I would really appreciate it. I'd like to get to work (and not for Microsoft for free).

Advanced thank you...
 

Answer:Booting From An ISO Image On A USB Flash Drive

You're on the right track with EaseUs, but there's no need to create an ISO of the image file. Have you created the boot recovery CD/USB in EaseUS? This page shows you how to do it. This is what's used to boot the machine initially if your OS gets corrupted, and then you can point it at the .pbd file containing the image to start restoring it.
 

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I have a dell xps 420 that was manufacutred in March of '08. Last night I created a bootable usb drive with the windows 7 RC image on it. But when I got to the boot menu after hitting f12, and clicked on USB device, I got a message saying "the selected bootable device is not available." All of the bios settings seem to be in their correct places. I am running Dell bios version a07 for the xps 420...which according to dell's website is the latest version. The kicker is that same usb drive WILL boot both of my dell laptops and my six year old dell dimension desktop. But yet it won't boot my virtually brand new xps 420 desktop.

The laptops are both running vista home premium and the six year old desktop is running xp home. The xps 420 is currently running the windows 7 release candidate which was installed from dvd iso image.

Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated. IT'S DRIVING ME NUTS.
 

Answer:Problems booting to a usb flash drive

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I installed Easeus ToDo Backup on my Dell 17R laptop running Win 8 and created a bootable Flash drive. When I tried booting to it, the device was not listed in the boot menu because it was set to UEFI (The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). Looked it up in Wikipedia and it basically replaces the BIOS. So I selected Legacy and the device was then listed. So I selected the USB device in the one time boot list and tried to boot. Got "No bootable drive found". Tried manually changing the boot order in BIOS with same result. Even selecting the hard drive a the boot device with the BIOS set to Legacy results in the no bootable drive found. So I'm at a bit of a loss here. I'm going to post on the Dell forum to see what I get, but I'd appreciate any thoughts on this behavior.
 

Answer:Solved: Booting from USB Flash drive

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This may be the weirdest thing I've ever seen: I recently had to do a "Repair" install on an XP+SP3 system... since the repair, it won't start unless there's a CD (blank or not) in the drive, or a flash drive plugged in. Even with the system drive set as the first boot drive, it only shows a black screen after POST, unless the external media is inserted - no white bar, no Windows splash, it just finishes POST, then goes blank.

So far I've tried changing boot sequences, available boot devices (ie. remove everything BUT the system drive), I've done a FIXMBR, FIXBOOT, and I've manually checked the BOOT.INI (all looks normal).

Motherboard is an ASUS P8H67-M Pro and DOES have suitable XP drivers (I know, pretty good for a newer i7 board).. it WAS working before the repair install. BIOS is at the latest release.

Only thing I can think of is a SATA driver issue (I'm checking for the latest versions now), but even then, it should at least START to load, give me the white bottom bar, and then generally bluescreen if the driver is no good... and just having some other removable media inserted should NOT be able to bypass that.

Any other thoughts??
 

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       Have Toshiba Satellite laptop hard drive won't boot anymore. Says no bootable device... so i want to run spinrite and see if i cant repair hard drive. I made a bootable USB flash drive by running hpflash1.zip and win98boot.zip. It seemed to format fine. Then I installed spinrite.exe onto flash drive. Well at DOS prompt  type-run SpinRite.exe- just like its written in flash drive I wrote it just like file name listed in drive. But it comes back with "bad command or file name. I cannot tell what i am doing wrong. could really use some help on this one. Thanks in advance ppl.

Answer:booting from flash drive/at DOS prompt it says bad file name when...

First off, you're making this more work than it should be.
 
1.  Run the SpinRite.exe file that you downloaded from GRC from Windows
2.  Select the Install SpinRite on Drive option, fourth button from the left.
3.  Press and hold the drive letter of the USB drive you want to install SpinRite on (You can check this out by opening up My Computer and finding the drive) and click the Install Bootable SpinRite button (While holding down the key of the drive letter you want to use .
4.  The next screen will show you the progress
5.  You will then get the message that the install was successful, press the Close button
6.  Restart the machine and boot to the USB drive.

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My mx3410 laptop's cd-drive does not work. It gives me read errors, when I try recovery from CD. Is it possible to copy contents of my gateway CD to a USB flash drive and boot from the USB?

My second option: I could try pulling out my Desktop's HDD and installing the laptop 2.5inch hdd into my desktop and then use the cd-drive on my desktop PC. Will that work?

Answer:Booting from USB flash drive for Gateway MX3410

<<It gives me read errors, when I try recovery from CD..>>"Recovery" is not the same thing as installing XP. Which do you want to do?Some links you might want to peruse, http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls...mp;oq=&aqi=Note that many of the comments are pure conjecture and nothing I would consider recommending for guidance.Gateway info on repair/install methods built into that computer, http://support.gateway.com/s/SOFTWARE/Medi...MLXPH1asi.shtml<<I could try pulling out my Desktop's HDD and installing the laptop 2.5inch hdd into my desktop and then use the cd-drive on my desktop PC. Will that work?>>I don't know, but I suspect that it won't.There's nothing that indicates that your files for recovery/restore would run on an optical drive which is on a different system. In fact, (IMO) it appears that the net result would be...overwriting the system files of the XP installed on the 2d system. It depends on how the restore/recovery CDs are configured to work. Perhaps you can call someone at Gateway and get a better answer.Louis

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I used the "How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10" tutorial with the Rufus method to make a USB drive that could be used for repairing Win 10 1607 as needed. The problem is that the computer didn't recognize it. My system drive is GPT/UEFI/NTFS and so that's the what I used, along with a recent Win 10 ISO image. In BIOS, I set the first boot option to the USB UEFI drive, saved and the system rebooted. The USB drive's light went on for a moment and that was the end of it; startup went straight through to Windows start up (which hung). The board is an ASRock Z97 Xtreme6 and the BIOS is up to date (2.70). OTOH, a Windows Repair CD starts up fine. What am I missing? Thanks,

Answer:Problem booting from Win 10 USB Flash Drive made per tutorial

Hello highstream,

You wouldn't want to set the USB as the first item in the boot priority list. Instead, you should leave the Windows boot drive set first. This is because with the USB set first, the system will try to boot from the USB again after a restart instead of continuing with Windows Setup.

You might set that back, and see if using the method below to boot from the USB may work better.

USB Drive - Boot from in Windows 10

In addition, did you use the exact settings in the tutorial for your UEFI Windows with Rufus?

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...html#option2s6

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I created a new partition as part of XP installation. after the formatting completed the PC the HD will not boot and hangs.With the XP installation disc after the message Setup is checking your computers hardware configuration I get a black screen and the system hangs. I cannot access the drive to continue the XO installaion.

Answer:XP installation problem, Hard drive not booting

Are you sure the partition is formatted (NTFS or FAT32)? Do you have more than one partition?

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My machine won't boot up unless I disconnect all of the Hard Drives. I still have my two SSD's (RAID 1) that have Windows 7 Professional installed still running fine.

I had one hard drive ST4000NM0023 (4TB) fail (had four of them), and so I replaced two of them with ST10000NM0096 (10TB) drives.

I had software backing up the failed drive, which was my D: (Documents & Program Files) drive. The backup drive F: (D Backup) has now been renamed my D: Drive, and I transferred all of it's files to a new F: backup drive.

I had to copy & paste everything from one folder over to another one of the same name because Windows 7 had automatically installed new folders with the proper icons on them (as per attached image). I had two of "My Pictures", "My Documents", etc.., with one having an icon and one not.

It seems like I had to move my files to the new folders or else my other programs couldn't seem to find the files they needed even though the the folders had the same name, minus the icon.

Copying files from folder to folder was very time consuming, and used all of the systems memory. I would successfully reboot the system after each successful transfer so I could restore the RAM back to 64GB.

I left the largest folder "My Documents" till last. After I successfully transferred the files in this folder over to the new "My Documents" folder with the icon on it, I tried rebooting the system and it would not work. I ... Read more

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I made a bootable USB with Ubuntu 11.10, made sure that it is flagged active and tried to boot from it.
Entered boot menu, selected Hard disk, selected the bootable USB flash drive.
The following message appears "Missing boot manager press CTRL + ALT + Del to restart. (Windows boot manager is working)
I figured that I need a 3rd party boot manager that supports USB booting.
I downloaded Plop boot manager (http://www.plop.at/en/bootmngrusblog.html), installed it in the boot menu, tried to boot the USB through it, but the same error appeared.
I uninstalled it through it's boot menu (which caused me more problems, possibly corrupted the boot sector or something because now I can't start Windows and the error message "missing operating system" shows. I'm trying to resolve this by downloading a Win7 64 repair cd. The windows installation disk doesn't present the option to repair windows because it doesn't detect an OS.)
So the question is: what is the reason of the Boot manager error and how to fix it?
I'm on a different PC right now if someone is wondering.

Answer:[SOLVED] Boot manager missing when booting from USB flash drive.

Is the thumb drive's format in FAT? The thumb Drive has to be formated in FAT to be bootable. Try using unetbootin to make a bootable USB for Ubuntu.

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I have had problems using Flash Drives. Whenever I stick one in, Windows would detect it, say that it is installing it but the whole installation process stalls at the Found: Disk Drive.

The usual process would be, Found: *brand* Flash Drive, Found: USB Mass Storage Device, Found: Disk Drive. The process always stops at Found: Disk Drive. It simply stalls (for hours) until I pull out the flash drive. It then says that the hardware was not install properly (duh). This happens for all flash drives I attempt to use.

This happens only when I log in under my username. The other users on my computer have no problems using flash drives. (All accounts are Computer Administrator)

How can I solve this problem without having to delete my account and re-creating another account for myself?
 

Answer:Installation of USB Flash Drive Fails

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.
 

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Anybody out there know of any portable (keychain) USB flash drives that DON'T require installation of a driver to use it on a computer with XP? I can't install one in the library's network.
 

Answer:Flash drive without driver installation?

It's probably not the driver that prevents you (XP requires no driver for these in normal cases), its more likely the PC's System Policy Settings that stop it.

Otherwise the library PC's could be compromised very quickly if the flash drive contained any malware or malicious scripts.
 

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I need a bit of help trying to put a startup password on my flash drive.

I have the password lock built in already, but it is only for encrypting specific files on the drive.

What i want is a way to promt the user for a password when the drive is plugged into the computer and/or opened. If the person inputs the right password, they get in, but if they input an incorret password, a notepad document will open, simply for the purpose of having it as a warning.

Please reply with any ideas.

P.S. The flash drive is a Cruzer Mini (512MB) made by SanDisk (AX0409DHB China SDCZ2-512) if that is of any importance.
 

Answer:Flash Drive Password Installation

Some FLASH drives come with secure drivers, my Lexar Secure 1gig drive came with drivers to do what you're trying to do. I don't use them, since I just don't let anyone have possession of the FLASH disk.
 

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Hi there, The hardrive on my X60 died. Died so badly that even Resue and Recovery wouldn't start yet alone Windows (even in safe mode). I have a new hard drive and installation media en route from Lenovo (laptop was under warranty) The problem is that the installation media is on CD/DVD and my laptop does not have an optical drive. So my questions are: 1. Can the installation media be installed from a USB Pen/Flash drive? (the BIOS does support USB booting) 2. Does anyone have experience of this or instructions? On a side note I find it slightly irritating that even under warranty Lenovo won't supply me software/hardware that will return my laptop to its original state without the user, me, potentially having to buy an external optical drive. The warranty support chap said "you'll just need to buy an external USB optical drive" - *sighs* Cheers Lawrence 

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I've been reading and watching tutorials on this for weeks. There always seems to be something wrong. Either it works until I get to the install screen, which gives me some junk about DVD Drivers, or there is an error in Grub4DOS. Sometimes I stumble upon a tool that works, like EasyBCD for example, but I can only get one installation on it because I can't use sub folders. So the other OS's would just overwrite the previous ones. At first I found it quite interesting that I could create a boot menu with a custom background and text, even color the text. But after failing so many times I'd like to have just a basic black background with the white text, kind of like the screen on a dual boot PC. Then I can back it up to my desktop and mess with it all I want. The problem being, that only takes that portion out of the tutorials. I still of course still need to go though the set up of the menu even for basic layouts. The truth being, it's not much easier even without the eye candy, which is why I'm here.

If I didn't already throw you out of this thread with the lack of point, and thoughtless speeches here is some real info:

Main Point: Create a USB Flash Drive that can be booted off of to install any Windows but XP (Because of its format).
Problem: Error in coding, installs not supported, or limited to one install per partition.
Possible Solutions but Failed: Making multiple partitions for each install, using sub folders to contain each instal... Read more

Answer:Need help on creating a Multi-OS Installation Flash Drive?

The info here might help :- http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/multipartufd
 

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Hello, everyone. I'm trying to install a driver on my computer that will allow me to use a SanDisk Cruzer Micro Flash Drive. My operating systems is Windows 98SE. As you've probably guessed, it's an older machine, with USB 1.1.

I've downloaded the proper driver from SanDisk, and went through the installation without trouble. Then I plug in the flash drive, and nothing happens. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver multiple times, to the same effect. I've checked with Add Hardware, and the driver is listed as installed, but it also claims that there are "problems" with the driver and Windows cannot detect the drive. (Between 'drive' and 'driver', I hope I'm not confusing anyone.)

I've been going back and forth with SanDisk's tech support about this problem, and having finally convinced them that everything I've typed above is true, they are now claiming I have to go into my Registry and start altering things. Now, I'm a little out of my depth here, but I do know that fooling around with the Registry, if you don't know what you're doing, is a good way to screw your computer up royally.

So I'm requesting help with this. I'd really like to get this flash drive working so I can move my files to my new laptop and be done with the troublesome world of Windows 98. If anyone has a fix that doesn't require registry-work, I'd be very grateful. If not, I... Read more

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ive been trying to move my windows7 cd to a flash drive for install since its a bit faster transfer speed as i understand.
but cant seem to get it to work.

my motherboard supports boot from flash drive
(which option do i use,
boot as fdd,
boot as hdd,
boot as cdrom?)


i followed few walkthroughs online but none of them works

i tried to copy straight to the usb drive
tried using the Novicorp_WinToFlash_0.7.0020_beta
and WinSetup-1-0-beta7

it loads up the files but would not boot from flash drive.


i was using a sd card>usb adapter with 8gb sd card is that seen same as flash drive or card reader/adapter has different driver or something?

Answer:cant load windows7 installation onto flash drive

Windows 7 DVD to USB Tool direct from Microsoft. Includes instructions.

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I just put a new hard drive in. Didn't work, messed around found out it was the CMOS. Booted up first time, got the "Found new hardware" thing. I then partitioned and formatted it and it worked great, until it got to 100% then the whole thing froze. No mouse not tab no nothing. Had to do a hard shutdown. Now when I boot up it gets to the screen with the blue bar scrolling across on the bottom.


After that it flashes the BSOD. Then it restarts itself. It then asks me if I want to start in safemode and all that kind of stuff. I click on any of them and goes back to the windows screen. Up pops the BSOD and start the whole process over again.



Also, it does not recognize my optical drive./

Can anyone help me?

Answer:Booting up after new hard drive installation problems. Also BSOD problem

Its probably a bad drive.

What is your EIDE Configuration?

How are the slave and master set and state what drives and Optical drives are on which channel.

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After doing the usual with the BIOS I attempted to install Windows 8.1 from a bootable USB flash drive. However, the opening W.8.1dialog box, (language, etc.) was so small I had to use a magnifying glass to read it. And more importantly I could not get it to operate when clicking on OK. My intentions were for a dual installation of W.10 & W.8.1. Any ideas as to what is causing this? Thanks for any suggestions.

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Hi,

I have a USB Flash drive with Win7 installation setup/boot files on there in order for me to install Win7 from this bootable USB stick and plus all of my personal Data files are on there as well.
My question is, what would happen if I decide to encrypt this bootable USB stick with BitLocker?
Will the USB still boot the Win7 installation files in order for it to install Win7 if I ever decide to re-install Windows?

Or, will it cause issues during the setup phase?

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I succeeded in putting a ghost partition image that contains a full installation of windows XP on a USB flash memory. When trying to boot from that flash, Windows started to boot well but then it turned into booting from the hard drive and continued that way. Is there special arrangement that I need to make to boot fully from the flash?

Answer:Booting windows from a flash

These resources should help you: http://www.techknowl.com/install-wi...http://www.techrepublic.com/article...

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I'm in the process of doing a clean installation of Windows 10 on my new Evo 960 drive and ran into a problem of the P70 refusing to boot from the USB drive. Secure Boot is disabled and I've set UEFI Only and CSM Support to no. Whenever I boot with the USB setup drive I keep getting a menu of available boot drives. Each time I select the USB drive and press enter it returns me back to the boot menu of available drives. What am I missing?

Answer:Problems booting Windows 10 Setup via USB Flash Dr...

How did you prepare the USB boot drive?  It seems bootable sticks they are particularly sensitive to how the partitions were established and the boot information recorded. If you search back to posts from about a year ago, DSperber and HarrisB wrote at great lengths on how to install Windows 10 on P-series mahines and details of creation of functional bootable USB sticks.  If I had the information handy, I'd repost it for you.  ------------------UPDATE--------------------------- I found the link for you:  https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-P-and-W-Series-Mobile/P70-HDD-NVMe-Win10-install-from-scratch-... Hope there are helpful hints embedded therein. 





______________________________________________P70, Xeon 1505 CPU, 64 GB ECC RAM 2 x PCIe NVMe 512 GB Drives, 1 TB HDD, DVD-RW, 4 K Display, NVIDIA Quadro M4000W700 model 2757-CTO (8 GB RAM, Crucial MX-100 SSD + Hitachi TravelStar 1 TB 7200 RPM Drives, Bluray R/W, NVIDIA Quadro FX3700M, WUXGA); Windows 7 Ultimate SP-1, W700 Mini-Dock

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Hello,
I have just installed Windows 8.1 and would like to know how I can boot with Windows 7. I have Windows 7 when I installed Windows 8. Is there a way to go back to Windows 7 with no re install?
Thanks

Answer:Booting with Windows 7 instead of 8 after installation.

How did you install 8.1? To a different partition?

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Hi so i installed windows 10 about 2 weeks ago and i didnt like it so TIME FOR A DOWNGRADE. Try to boot to the cd and here is the screen i got

Answer:windows installation not booting...

Od you cant see the picture here Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

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I just installed windows xp on an old compaq presario computer I have. The installation went fine, and everything was running perfectly. But the computer froze and I had to reboot it. Now it will not boot up at all. It doesn't even get to loading windows xp, it just stops with a flashing cursor on the screen over the Compaq logo. I cannot access the bios screen or anything. I tried to reboot from the installation disc, and that doesn't work either. Please help!!!
 

Answer:Problem booting new installation of windows xp

Please do not post duplicate threads.
 

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Frozen black screen on startup

My computer was only running firefox and then completely froze out and I couldnt open task manager, switch users or anything. I let the computer sit there for a while not wanting to click anything thinking it would unfreeze by itself in a short while, and then suddenly a noise started coming out at regular intervals. Then the computer just switched off.

On restart I got a BSOD that i wrote down but ive lost the paper for the error message now. I ran the Recovery Console from the XP CD and chkdsk /r and it finished. When i restarted I got another BSOD:

"UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME"

I ran chkdsk /r using the Recovery Console again, with it completing and then this time on restart I got another BSOD message.

"Stop:C0000135 (unable to locate component) This application has failed to start because USP10.dll was found. Re-installing the application may fix this"

I ran chkdsk again a few times and nothing happened, still getting the same BSOD message on restart.

After more googling I found out to run a repair installation from the XP CD instead of the Recovery Console, the website I used just told me to "continue with on-screen instructions". So I ran the repair installation and the first time I ran it, the computer restarted and I thought it had been fixed. Windows XP appeared to be installing itself for the first time and I paniced because I thought I had accidentally pressed the wrong button and chosen to fresh i... Read more

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~Background~

There were some power failures last week which caused some errors on my hdd and I spent 3 days reading this forum, trying to fix my windows 7 boot.

I finally fixed it after running chkdisk through a Windows repair disk after trying various other solutions to no avail. Thankfully, no files were lost (Besides the most important stuff was backed up)

I have an anxiety disorder and I work solely on the PC.
This incident was very hard on my health so I want to make sure that whatever happens I can get to work.

So I had an idea.

~Idea~

A while back I was reading about dual booting and it seemed quite interesting.
So, I've had this idea.

I have a 1 TB HDD.

It has two partitions, "System Reserved" and "C".

I create a new partition called G of let's say 100GB.

I then transfer my music, videos, photos to an external drive.

I uninstall all unnecessary programms/games from C.

I make sure C has about 50-60 GB of used space.

Afterwards, I make a system image using either the Windows 7 built-in tool
or Macrium Reflect/Acronis and transfer all my media back to C.

Could I then restore that system image on the new partition?

The end result I want to achieve is to have a "backup windows 7 installation"
If something happens to my Main installation, I can get to work on the second one.
Of course I backup my work to an external drive everyday.
I don't want to lose any more working days...

A friend of mi... Read more

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My computer is currently set up to dual boot between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I mainly use the XP partition as storage, while I run the Windows 7 partition most of the time. The version of Windows 7 that is currently installed is an RC version (Build 7127).

I recently decided that it was time to upgrade to the full version of Windows 7 (32-bit, to keep things simple). The operating system installed with no apparent errors, until I tried selecting Windows 7 from the Windows Boot Manager at start-up. The Windows XP partition (listed as Earlier Version of Windows) still works, but the Windows 7 partition gives an error (Status: 0xc0000225). The info it gives is: "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible". The given error has something to do with asking me to unplug anything I had recently plugged into the computer (USB device/MP3 player), but I haven't plugged anything in, so that led me to believe it was a driver problem. However, it seems odd that the RC version of Windows 7 works, while the final version does not. So, I re-installed the RC version so I could use the computer again (the XP partition has driver problems that cause Very strange errors on the internet, so I prefer to not use it, but don't look into those errors too much... I only use that partition for storage now)

I tried reinstalling multiple times, and I tried using the Startup Recovery tool that's on the installation disk, but it couldn't detect any problems. Also, ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Not Booting Properly After Installation

Bump for the day ~ All help is appreciated, so if anyone has Any ideas, post them :)

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Hello, I had installed Samsung SSD Pro 840 on Lenovo G510 with the help of Samsung Data Migration and it was working perfectly but now i want to install new windows and its stucked on the boot progress. Some months ago i had installed new BIOS ver. 3.07 to 3.09. Furthermore, I have installed the Seagate harddrive now but having same booting issue. Maybe of BIOS ver. ?

Answer:Booting problem on Windows Installation

hi jklogic,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
A few questions:
1. Is the Seagate drive the orignal HDD that came with the machine (with Win8.1 preloaded)? If yes, is the system stucked on the lenovo screen (similar to this thread) or during/after the windows loading screen?
 
2. What other version of Windows are you trying to install on the Samsung SSD? If you're trying to install Windows 7 or older, have you tried to the set the following in the BIOS?
 
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
UEFI = Disabled
Boot Mode = Legacy
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Other OS
 
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
Regards

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My computer is currently set up to dual boot between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I mainly use the XP partition as storage, while I run the Windows 7 partition most of the time. The version of Windows 7 that is currently installed is an RC version (Build 7127).

I recently decided that it was time to upgrade to the full version of Windows 7 (32-bit, to keep things simple). The operating system installed with no apparent errors, until I tried selecting Windows 7 from the Windows Boot Manager at start-up. The Windows XP partition (listed as Earlier Version of Windows) still works, but the Windows 7 partition gives an error (Status: 0xc0000225). The info it gives is: "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible". The given error has something to do with asking me to unplug anything I had recently plugged into the computer (USB device/MP3 player), but I haven't plugged anything in, so that led me to believe it was a driver problem. However, it seems odd that the RC version of Windows 7 works, while the final version does not. So, I re-installed the RC version so I could use the computer again (the XP partition has driver problems that cause Very strange errors on the internet, so I prefer to not use it, but don't look into those errors too much... I only use that partition for storage now)

I tried reinstalling multiple times, and I tried using the Startup Recovery tool that's on the installation disk, but it couldn't detect any ... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Not Booting Properly After Installation

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I just installed windows xp on an older PC I have. The installation went fine and everything was working perfectly. The computer then froze and I had to reboot. Now it will not boot up at all. The computer is an Old Compaq presario, and it doesn't even start to load windows up when I boot it up. I cannot access the bios, or anything. I tried to boot from the installation disk, and nothing - it won't recognize anything. Please help!!
 

Answer:Problem booting new installation of windows xp

Try clearing CMOS
 

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I have a windows xp installation cd extracted to a partition on a computer which I want to netboot from. Then I've netbooted into WinPe which is apparently able to invoke a windows installation given a source directory. The problem is, I'm stuck in volume Q: - which is a ram-disk and I haven't the slightest clue how I'd swap over to the volume I've extracted the xp install disk into.

Thanks.
 

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Hi,
I've just bought new Asus R540LJ with SSD inside.
I'm trying to install Windows 10 but I get blue screen just after it boots I supose.
Nothing happens, just loading and blue screen.
Tried with pendrive usb 3/dvd. Win 8.1 and Win 10.
Is there anything I can do about it or should I send my laptop back where I bought it?

Answer:Windows 10 Blue Screen while booting installation

fryderykst,

Welcome to TenForums!

That is strange...

Doesn't the Asus R540LJ laptop come with Windows 10 already installed and working? Or, let us know if the machine did not come with an installed Operating System.

Is this a brand new SSD drive? Has it been initialized?

If not, and you first want to rule out issues with the SSD, CrystalDiskInfo can help you check the Solid State Drive's health:
CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

There is also SSD Life, or, check if the manufacturer of the drive has its own utility.

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Hello,

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

I've been trying to fix my laptop (Acer Aspire) for about 2 months, and it's been a bit of a saga. I've tried lots of things, and have persisted because it's seemed like I've been gradually honing in on a solution, rather than chasing a lost cause.

I was on Vista, which came with the laptop, but then the laptop got very ill, to the point where I wanted to do the Acer factory restore, but this didn't work, nor did any of the various recovery options in Windows. I was worried that the hard drive was physically damaged, so I wanted to try formatting it, which I decided to try and do in the course of installing Windows 7. This didn't work, so instead I formatted the hard drive using Ubuntu, and then tried Windows 7 again. That didn't work, because the hard drive needed to be NTFS, so I re-formatted it as NTFS using GParted.

However, Windows 7 install still isn't working: it goes most of the way but then just hangs indefinitely on a black screen with 'Setup is updating registry files' written on it. I've googled this and it seems that this is quite a common problem when installing W7. However, the problem that I have is that all of the solutions offered are to do with booting up as normal and changing things in Control Panel etc, which obviously I can't do.

I can go into more details about what has happened if needed, but basically the state of play now is:


I need to install Windows 7 from a cd-rom I hav... Read more

Answer:Need to fix a Windows 7 installation problem without booting to desktop

Hi i think I would be testing the hdd for issues try downloading and burning this to a disc or if you know the maker go to their support site and get their diagnostic tool
SeaTools | Seagate ask a friend to burn it for you use imgburn The Official ImgBurn Website
and read the tutorial on seatools for dos

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I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?

Answer:Curious Problem Booting from Windows 10 Installation USB?

Steve C said:

I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?



Perhaps it had already begun rebuild boot files.
You probably should have aborted the install, closing the windows then clicking 'Yes' when prompted 'Are you sure you want to quit the installation?'
Are you booting to the USB trough the BIOS or are you opening the USB and clicking on the 'Setup.exe'?

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How do I set my BIOS to have the DVD boot and install Windows 10 in UEFI mode? I do see a setting on my Asus motherboard UEFI "CSM Compatability" and in there are three options:
UEFI and Legacy OPROM
Legacy OPROM only
UEFI only

Do I select UEFI only option here?

What is the benefit of installing in UEFI vs Legacy? All I understand is that the system sets up more partitions.

Answer:Booting a Win 10 DVD in UEFi Mode for Windows installation

Anyone? :-)

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I built a new desktop and i'm trying to install windows 10 on it. I can get into the bios fine and all my components are showing up. I set my initial boot device as the USB and then reboot my PC to start the installation process. The windows logo shows up,but as soon as it gets to purple setup screen for installation my PC shutsdown and reboots. This same process keeps looping and I can't get the w10 installation process started. I only have my keyboard, monitor and USBconnected to the desktop IO panel. I tried a different USB installed with windows 7 but get the same problem.

Answer:Windows 10 Installation Crashing and rebooting while booting from USB

My mother-in-law's computer started doing that. Turned out it was the keyboard was physically bad, believe it or not. I would recommend try starting it up with no keyboard or mouse connected and see if it stays on. Also make sure all the internal components are firmly seated. Also try starting it up without the USB flash drive inserted and see if it will stay on the No Boot Device warning screen without rebooting on it's own.

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Hi,

I've got a problem with my Windows 7 installation in that - it wont boot! Either in normal or safe mode!

I've tracked the problem down to a driver - CTMMount.sys which was installed by a recent installation of Comodo Time Machine - which has since been uninstalled but doesnt look like the uninstallation has worked correctly.

Therefore I could do with editing the registry/startup procedure so that this file doesnt attempt to load and then I can get back into Windows 7 - has anyone any idea how I can do this?

Thanks

Ewan

Answer:Need to edit registry on non-booting Windows 7 installation

Why don't you just try a startup repair? It's probably a bit safer.
Startup Repair[2]=Performance Maintenance

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I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?

Answer:Curious Problem Booting from Windows 10 Installation USB?

Originally Posted by Steve C


I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?



Perhaps it had already begun rebuild boot files.
You probably should have aborted the install, closing the windows then clicking 'Yes' when prompted 'Are you sure you want to quit the installation?'
Are you booting to the USB trough the BIOS or are you opening the USB and clicking on the 'Setup.exe'?

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I got a HP Notebook yesterday that had Windows 8.1 on it. Today I decided I wanted to reinstall Windows 10 (not upgrade, but clean install) on it and I do have experience in reinstalling operating systems. I reinstalled Windows 10 from a USB stick and when the computer restarted after the installation was done, it would keep booting from the USB stick. I exited the installation screen and then went to the BIOS to change boot priority to "OS Manager", but all I got was an error which I don't remember what it said, and then it just restarted again.

So my question is, how can I get Windows 10 to boot after is has installed and restarted? I really need help fast as I can't seem to solve this myself and it is really frustrating me.

This is my laptop: HP 15.6 Laptop - Black (Intel Celeron N3050 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

Answer:Windows 10 Installation keeps booting from USB after clean install

If there is no USB drive connected then the BIOS will automatically choose the next boot device in line...
(You did remove the USB drive, right?)
...for example the next on the list may be your CD drive and the one after that may be your HDD.

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I got a HP Notebook yesterday that had Windows 8.1 on it. Today I decided I wanted to reinstall Windows 10 (not upgrade, but clean install) on it and I do have experience in reinstalling operating systems. I reinstalled Windows 10 from a USB stick and when the computer restarted after the installation was done, it would keep booting from the USB stick. I exited the installation screen and then went to the BIOS to change boot priority to "OS Manager", but all I got was an error which I don't remember what it said, and then it just restarted again.

So my question is, how can I get Windows 10 to boot after is has installed and restarted? I really need help fast as I can't seem to solve this myself and it is really frustrating me.

This is my laptop: HP 15.6 Laptop - Black (Intel Celeron N3050 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

Answer:Windows 10 Installation keeps booting from USB after clean install

If there is no USB drive connected then the BIOS will automatically choose the next boot device in line...
(You did remove the USB drive, right?)
...for example the next on the list may be your CD drive and the one after that may be your HDD.

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I want to install Windows 7 on an HP Pavillion Desktop which happens to have a
Sata Harddisk with an IDE DVDRW.
I set the boot Priority to the DVDRW then the Harddisk and placed the Windows disk on the dvd drive to boot from it.
But it is not booting from the CD as booting still goes to the Harddisk.
My understanding is that SATA takes First Priority.
Well in such a scenario what does one do in order to install Windows?
Please note both drives are detected in the BIOS

Thank you all for your advise
 

Answer:Solved: New Windows Installation Booting Issues

SATA doesn't take priority, I've installed Windows 7 numerous times from PATA/IDE drives with a SATA drive.

Are you sure the DVD drive works? Can it read a DVD properly? Also you mention CD, but Windows 7 comes on a DVD.

Also since this is an HP you can press ESC, F10, or F12 and choose a one time boot device rather than changing BIOS boot order.
 

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Hi guys,

I don't know whether I should be posting this here or in the Installation and setup department, but anyway

I am doing a clean install of Windows 7 on my friend's new Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook, which has a 500GB HDD with a 16GB SSD (Flash) Cache (Samsung 530U3B i5-2467M, 4096MB, 516GB, pink (NP-530U3B-A04DE) | Geizhals Deutschland). It's my first time dealing with such a drive so I am wondering where to install Windows - on the SSD (Flash) cache drive or the HDD drive.

Furthermore, if I install it on the HDD, how do I utilize the 16GB flash cache which is meant to speed up the system?

Thank you,

Jure

Answer:Windows 7 installation on a HDD with Flash Cache

16GB is too small for Win 7 so install to the 500GB drive. I don't know how you would make use of the 16GB drive, perhaps place swap file (hiberfile.sys) there? Hopefully other folks will drop by with suggestions.

Maybe you can persuade ReadyBoost to use it?: ReadyBoost - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

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My pc won't load windows 10.. it gives Error code 0xc000000f.. it allows me to go to startup settings, to start in safe mode, in low resolution mode etc..., but anyway it wont log in, it gives an error UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME... So i decided to install a windows 7 with a bootable usb.. and when I boot from usb it loads the installation windows screen, then the windows logo, and then stucks in a black screen with a cursor and no options... I tried burning the windows in a dvd.. same problem.. anyone has some solutions ?

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Hi there. I've built a brand new HTPC and it has UEFI BIOS on it. I've tried to install Windows 7 with USB drive that I've made UEFI bootable with Rufus, but it gives me blue screen everytime after Windows goes from "Windows files are loading" screen to a Windows logo animation. The hard drive that I'm using is set to MBR, (I know that I should set it to GPT for UEFI installation). I don't want to have a UEFI version of Windows in my system anymore. How do I install legacy version of Windows 7 from USB stick on UEFI BIOS capable PC with HDD using MBR?

Answer:How to prevent Windows 7 installation from booting in UEFI mode?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Enter your bios and go to Advanced and boot and disable secure boot,
If there is no option to disable secure boot look for OS Type and switch to Other os
After installing Microsoft Update KB3133977 for Windows 7, some users may encounter a "Secure Boot Violation" , which makes the system fail to boot into the operating system.

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Hi everyone,

I am using Windows 7. I tried installing ubuntu with the option " Include Ubuntu along with window partition".

While installing ubuntu, error occurred. Now unable to boot Windows also. It prompts for recovery cd.

I am not having recovery disk.

Tried using other machine's recovery cd - Diskpart. But got the following error while selecting a partition.

virtual disk service error:
this operation is not allowed on an invalid disk. The disk may be invalid beacuse it is corrupted or failing, or it may be invalid because it is offline.

Required your help to recover windows without affecting the existing data.

Thanks.

Answer:Error in booting Windows after Ubuntu installation failure

Try a Startup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times




   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create



Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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I have been given the challenge to make a way to install Windows without any installation media and without having to even touch the computer while it's installing. So far I've made a .wim image with the help of this guide and I've made an Autounattend.xml file with the help of this guide. I put the install.wim image in the \sources directory on a flash drive and the Autounattend.xml file in the root of the flash drive, and it does exactly what I want it to - all except it's not on a partition. So I move it to a partition and add a boot entry using EasyBCD. It boots fine, but it acts like the Autounattend.xml file isn't even there. So right now I have the choice of hands free installation with media, or manual installation without media. My main question is why the Autounattend.xml file isn't working when I boot the same media from a partition. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Problems booting an unattended Windows installation from a partition

Is this some sort of school project? I can't vouch for anyone else, but I would feel terrible if I gave you information that basically did the project for you.

Usually people do this with Windows PE. Have you checked it out?

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This tutorial is to help to install Windows 7 64 bits on new MB that has USB 3 and other drivers that are not in Windows 7 installation disk.

I’d a hard time to install Windows 7 64 bits on my new Gigabyte Z170 MB because Windows 7 installation disk doesn’t have Intel USB 3 and new SATA (AHCI and / or RAID) drivers.
If you try to install Windows 7 without these drivers you will not have mouse (and keyboard, if it’s connected to USB port) and you will not see your disks.

Gigabyte provided a Windows USB Installation toll, which is intended to install USB 3 and NVMe disk drivers. It didn’t work as it should.
I guess, one reason was that my Windows 7 installation disk wasn’t SP1.
After downloading a Windows 7 SP1 installation disk from MS, it did install the USB 3 driver but did NOT my SATA (AHCI and / or RAID) drivers to the install wizard.

So I began to Google to find some other options.
I found on this site: http://codeabitwiser.com/2014/03/how-to-install-windows-7-with-only-usb-3-0-ports/ that gave me a line to follow (thanks to Travis Payton). It didn’t install other drivers, so I had to adapt it to my needs. You should read it and also this https://www.msigeek.com/2635/unmount-and-clean-up-a-wim-image-using-deployment-image-servicing-and-management-dism .

Here is my tutorial. My MB is a GA Z170, so it worked for my MB. If you have AMD or another kind of Intel MB, you will have to adapt it to your needs. Yo... Read more

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Anyone have any information on a particular problem with dell computors booting from the cd rom drive or dvd drive. My problem is I have tried to do a boot from my XP installation cd and the resource cd (both bootable discs) to bring windows up into recovery console. Both these disks were included in my purchase of the unit direct from Dell. After doing some checking on this issue i found many suggestions on how it might be done. So far it doesn't work the conventional way just pop it in and boot. doesn't work if you reset the boot sequence, and it doesn't work if you try to disable the SATA drive, and different variations of turning on and off either of the two optical drives. After selecting boot cdrom at the boot option window it always says cdrom is unavailable. Now Dell has not posted a solution to this issue on the support web site it only suggests the doing the same steps i have tried. Several users have this issue which have posted in various blogs but no one seems to have a fix. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Problem booting windows XP installation disk and Dell computors

What is the model of this Dell.

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My Dad's laptop running Windows 7 crashed the other day, and after running Startup Repair, it found that compbatt.sys was corrupt. I tried copying over a good version from my pc & recovery partition but that only resulted in a blue screen.

Today, I attempted to do an upgrade installation of Windows 10 in order to preserve his files,etc.
We have a backup, but he's not 100% sure on it's content.

I was able to boot off of the Win 10 DVD and select Upgrade Installation, but then it stops, and a message pops up (paraphrasing here) that I need to boot into Windows 7 for it to proceed.

As I am unable to boot into Windows 7 due to the corrupt system file, I'm asking for a way to force Windows 10 to proceed with the Upgrade Installation WITHOUT having to boot into Windows 7.

I've prepared my Dad for the fact that we may need to do a clean install (7 or 10), and suggested we'd have to pull the HDD from his laptop and use my HDD cradle to scavenge for any files, but his laptop would take full disassembly (remove keyboard/etc) to get to the HDD.

Thanks for any help in allowing us to proceed with the Win 10 Upgrade Installation without having to boot into Win 7 which is corrupt. Googling hasn't given me any clue thus far.

Looking forward to people smarter than me helping me to a path forward without a loss of data and not having to take apart the laptop.

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My Dad's laptop running Windows 7 crashed the other day, and after running Startup Repair, it found that compbatt.sys was corrupt. I tried copying over a good version from my pc & recovery partition but that only resulted in a blue screen.

Today, I attempted to do an upgrade installation of Windows 10 in order to preserve his files,etc.
We have a backup, but he's not 100% sure on it's content.

I was able to boot off of the Win 10 DVD and select Upgrade Installation, but then it stops, and a message pops up (paraphrasing here) that I need to boot into Windows 7 for it to proceed.

As I am unable to boot into Windows 7 due to the corrupt system file, I'm asking for a way to force Windows 10 to proceed with the Upgrade Installation WITHOUT having to boot into Windows 7.

I've prepared my Dad for the fact that we may need to do a clean install (7 or 10), and suggested we'd have to pull the HDD from his laptop and use my HDD cradle to scavenge for any files, but his laptop would take full disassembly (remove keyboard/etc) to get to the HDD.

Thanks for any help in allowing us to proceed with the Win 10 Upgrade Installation without having to boot into Win 7 which is corrupt. Googling hasn't given me any clue thus far.

Looking forward to people smarter than me helping me to a path forward without a loss of data and not having to take apart the laptop.

Answer:Windows 10 Upgrade Installation via DVD without booting into Windows 7

Did you try just Repair option ?

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My Dad's laptop running Windows 7 crashed the other day, and after running Startup Repair, it found that compbatt.sys was corrupt. I tried copying over a good version from my pc & recovery partition but that only resulted in a blue screen.

Today, I attempted to do an upgrade installation of Windows 10 in order to preserve his files,etc.
We have a backup, but he's not 100% sure on it's content.

I was able to boot off of the Win 10 DVD and select Upgrade Installation, but then it stops, and a message pops up (paraphrasing here) that I need to boot into Windows 7 for it to proceed.

As I am unable to boot into Windows 7 due to the corrupt system file, I'm asking for a way to force Windows 10 to proceed with the Upgrade Installation WITHOUT having to boot into Windows 7.

I've prepared my Dad for the fact that we may need to do a clean install (7 or 10), and suggested we'd have to pull the HDD from his laptop and use my HDD cradle to scavenge for any files, but his laptop would take full disassembly (remove keyboard/etc) to get to the HDD.

Thanks for any help in allowing us to proceed with the Win 10 Upgrade Installation without having to boot into Win 7 which is corrupt. Googling hasn't given me any clue thus far.

Looking forward to people smarter than me helping me to a path forward without a loss of data and not having to take apart the laptop.

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In my PC (Windows 7 Professional - 32 Bit Operatins System - Service Pack 1 installed) whenever I plug in Flash Drive, the system creates short cut for all the folders in the Flash Drive. The folders and its contents are safe.

But I am unable to Safely Dismount the Flash Drive and the system on choosing Eject the Drive will display "This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again." message.

If I go through My Computer - Right Click on Flash Drive and then Eject the system shows the following message

"F: is Currently in Use. Save any Open Files on this disc, and then close the files or programs
using the files before trying again. If you choose to continue, the files will be closed, which might cause data to be lost.

Cancel Try Again Continue"

If we choose Continue, system displays "Safe to Remove Hardware".

WHY THIS IS HAPPENING ??

I am having a laptop with same OS and there when I plug in the flash drive it does not create any short cut and no such problems.

Both the systems are having Symantec Endpoint Protection version 12.1.671.4971 and are upto date on Virus Siglature update.
 

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Which flash drive is the fastest to use with Vista's page file on flash drive capability?
 

Answer:What flash drive is the fastest to use w/ vista's flash drive page file caching?

No no no, wrong wrong wrong. Whoa there, sonny, let's back up a bit.

Before you go preaching it's like having your pagefile on a USB drive, you need to learn more about ReadyBoost, which is the correct name for the specific technology. It's not putting your pagefile on the USB Flash device, it's just using the Flash RAM device to augment (read: add to the performance) some aspects of Vista's SuperFetch and virtual memory subsystems.

There are several threads about this feature here already; search for "readyboost" and you can learn more about it, which I STRONGLY recommend since you're getting off on the wrong foot already.

No problem with you being enthusiastic since ReadyBoost is a great feature and a nice way to improve system performance, but you need to present your posts in an accurate and meaningful way with facts and not just a bunch of statements that sound like "OMG it's the greatest thing evarrrrr..."

You're close, but do some more research here and other places to get the real scoop about ReadyBoost.

Most any USB 2.0 Flash-RAM based device should work just fine, but the cheap ones - those $10 specials at stores - might not be up to snuff for transfer speeds. If you stick one in and Vista offers to let it be used for ReadyBoost, that means Vista tested it and concluded it's up to the task.
 

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I recently purchased a 32 GB San Disk Flash Drive. The security files pre-installed on the drive were junk, and I could not delete them so I formatted the drive to remove them. This cleaned the disk, and it holds data, but I'm not sure if this is part of my problem. I am trying to load my copy of windows 7 onto this disk, and using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, I can select my ISO file, but when I go to select my USB drive, my computer does not recognize the flash drive as a flash drive. Is there a way to change the Flash Drive so Windows will recognize my Flash Drive as removable media? Smaller USB drives still work on my computer, so its not the computer. Anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:Removable Flash Drive Recognized as a Local Disk and not a Flash Drive

Hello masonta. Welcome to the forum.

Let's start with this: can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window, expanded so we can read everything, with the USB stick installed?

You also might check in Device Manager to see if the stick shows up as a USB device, or a hard disk.

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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my new motherboard came capable of booting up from a USB flash drive/cdrom/HDD etc...

my last one apparently also had it but it was kinda half ***** still so i left the floppy there.

so does the flash drive finally replacing floppy disk drive as far as features and being acessible and bootable in bios and dos?

i got a gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L motherboard and treres an option in the boot menu for flashdrive.

i had to use the floppy to recover from my system not booting up into windows in the past and dont want to get stuck without any access to the system if something happends.

and also i made a customized image of my windows disk with latest graphic drivers and all the rest of them using NLITE.

but could not figure out how to make a bootable flashdrive.
i just extracted the image to flash drive and it wouldnt boot.

i went around google for a lil bit and found few different methods of doing it.

can anyoen suggest which method os the easiest and most reliable out of them?

Answer:can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

My mobo doesn't even have a connector for a floppy disk drive. I use a flash drive to flash my bios, but I have a usb floppy drive if I happen to need one.

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Today I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my D:/ Drive with already dual boot Windows 7 on C:/Drive and Ubuntu also.
Ubuntu is working fine but when i select the Windows 7 Option the computer loads up the files for automatic repair.

I don't know what had gone wrong.Windows 8 and Ubuntu are working fine.But not Windows 7 ! Help me !
How do i uninstall the Windows8 to get the older GRUB displaying the two options at boot up-Windows 7 and Ubuntu or if there is a way to make Windows 7 working with Windows 8 and Ubuntu

Answer:Windows 7 not booting after installation of Windows 8 ! Help !

Since you have ubuntu in the mix I can't even be sure if grub is the problem or if the windows bootmgr is the problem. Grub doesn't take well to changes and the bootmgr isn't a heck of a lot better at dealing with them.

You can try a startup repair, but as I said since grub is involved it will likely fail.
Startup Repair

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Hello, We have purchased a Lenovo G40 Notebook with Windows 8.1. I have successfully made a Recovery Drive to a USB flash drive, and it does run when accessed from Windows.By this I refer to the procedure which commences with:Pointing your mouse upper right side corner, or lower right side, and accessing the USB device from the:?Use a device? dialog box, by clicking: ?EFI USB Device?.Then the: ?Choose the language? dialog box, is displayed.(If the device is not connected, an error message is instead here displayed!) What I would like to know please, is how I can boot from this USB Recovery Drive in the event that it may not be possible to access it (through the above method) using Windows. I know how to access the "UEFI" (formerly called the BIOS) in order to see the boot order, but can find no method for changing the boot order. When I turn on the notebook with the Recovery Drive attached, the machine ignores it and boots to Windows. How I can boot from the USB Recovery Drive in the event that it may not be possible to access it using Windows? Regards. Robert333 

Answer:How to access Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive if Windows 8.1 should not be accessible?

Hello and welcome,
 
Are you using the novo button to get to the boot menu?  If you don't see the recovery drive there try turning off secure boot.
 
If it is shown in the menu can you arrow up or down and select it?
 
Z.

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I had a problem with my windows. When ever I plug in my Flash drive (i got a few: kingston data traveller 1gig, pendrive 128mb,etc) onto my usb port. Window will be able to detect the drive had been plug in. I can see the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the right side of my task bar. But i cannot see the drive appearing in "My Computer". If I double click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and try to view the external drive information, I can see that its already detected and being assign with drive E: . Even if I open a windows explorer and type in E:\ , it will throw me an error "Cannot find 'file:///E:/'. Make sure the path or Internet address is correct". But if I were to restart my computer, then i can see it for the first time. If I disconnect it (thru the "Safely Remove Hardware") and plug it back in (or plug another flash drive), I cant see the external drive. Causing I had to restart my computer multiple time a day . Can anyone help me on this?
 

Answer:Windows XP Sp2 - My Computer doesnt show flash drive drive

I would be tempted to reload the motherboard chipset drivers. They control the USB I/O and if they are just the default WIndows ones, they may not be 100% OK with the specific motherboard hardware.
 

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Im looking for some way to protect my external HDD from infections, and my PC from viruses on other peoples flash drives, is there any good software that can monitor and block USB or not allow stuff to copy itself on its own, or something liek that?

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BOOTING windows xp FROM USB PEN drive...!!!

Hi gurus and dear friends,

I had this question in my mind form last so so many days...

Q1. Can we boot our desktop or laptop computer from USB Pen drive of say 512 MB or 1 GB...?????

Q2. If yes can we use installed programs and applications on hard disk of our desktop or laptop after booting from pen drive...????? Also how do we prepare pen drive so that its bootable...????

Q3. In case of laptop is it possible that through EXTERNAL hard disk (which has SAY windows xp installed meaning thereby that such external hard disk is bootable) connected to laptop via USB port be used to boot laptop instead of laptop's internal hard disk being used for booting...???????

Q4. A computer (be it laptop or desktop) say

a. has two partition C: and D:.
b. Say the OS windows xp is loaded / installed on both partitions.
c. say now that yahoo messenger is installed on c: only...

Now can I access yahoo messenger program if i boot from D:...??????????????

What if C: has data instead of installed yahoo mess prog...IN that case can i access such data on C: if i boot from D:...????????????????????
Please take your time and then reply only if you are sure as I am myself a lot confused about all four questions raised above....so please take your time and then only reply...

I know the above four questions are NOT easy to answer and only a geek would be in the best position to answer this as normal general users like me normally ... Read more

Answer:BOOTING windows xp FROM USB PEN drive...!!!

Hi sunandoghosh....

i can only give you a partial answer to your questions here but i'm sure one of the uber-techs from this site can give you all the answers :-)

You can boot from a USB pen drive but you have to set BIOS so that it tries to locate boot files from the device before hand and as far as im aware some systems are not able to do this. Once booted, you should have full access of the hdd files etc.

Apologies for not being a true geek but I hope that helps a little bit :-)

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